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Publication Date: 01-06-2013
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 91, no. 111 (Apr. 20, 2000)-
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Sunday, January 6, 2013 V ol. 104 No. 3 newszap.comFree SpeechFree Ads 14.97 feetLast Year: 13.58 feet Lake Levels S ource: South Florida Water M anagement District. Depth given in feet above sea level 75¢ Plus tax See page 4 for information about how to contact this newspaper. American Legion Free Fair starts Jan. 12 ... Page 8 Corrections of cer accused of drug sales ... Page 5 December brings uneven rainfall ... Page 10 Property owners accused of code violations...Page 3 Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearcePryor is Orange Bowl MVPOkeechobee’s Lonnie Pryor was named the Orange Bowl’s Most Valuable Player after scoring on touchdown jaunts of 60 and 37 yards as the Seminoles tamed the Northern Illinois Huskies 31-10 Tuesday night. Pryor, an OHS graduate, ran for a career-high 134 yards on ve carries and caught three passes for 17 yards. For more on the story, see page 7. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News There may soon be a new electric generating plant in the county that is ecologically friendly. On Dec. 14, 2012, U.S. EcoGen, LLC announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, U.S. EcoGen Okeechobee, had signed a 30-year contract with Florid a Power & Light (FP&L) to provide electricit y to FP&L from a U.S. EcoGen-owned generating plant to be located in Okeechobee County. The electricity would be generated by a plant red by eucalyptus wood pellets. The contract is now pending approval by the state's public service commission. The company has signed similar contracts with FP&L for power plants in Martin and Clay counties. They already have a contract to supply Progress Energy with electricity generated from a Polk Count y plant red by eucalyptus pellets. That plant New power plant to be fueled by eucalyptus By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Wildlife advocates fear the grasshopper sparrow found at the Kissimmee Prairie State Preserve in Okeechobee County could be extinct within two years unless federal of cials approve an emergency effort to capture and breed them in captivity. The population at the preserve has dwindled in recent years, possibly due to invaders like re ants that have damaged their habitats and nests. Biologist Paul Miller invited readers and ranchers to contact him at the Preserve to discuss when re ants became a problem in Okeechobee and techniques they use to try and control the ants. Each year surveyors at the preserve count the male sparrow population and the population has fallen from near 150 males in 2002 to Rare sparrow could face extinction Special to the Okeechobee News/ FWCFlorida Grasshopper Sparrows nest in Okeechobee County. See SPARROW — Page 5 See POWER — Page 5

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE—A national leader in education reform, Florida is making progress when it comes to educating students. A number of test results reported in 2012 show students in every demographic segment are making strides toward becoming better readers, more skilled at math, and better at science. In fact, students in Florida outperformed many students, both nationally and globally, in several subject areas in 2012. The schools providing this learning are also excelling. Four of the top 10 magnet schools in the nation are located right here in the Sunshine State. More schools across the state are encouraging students to take A dvanced Placement exams to give high school students an advantage when they graduate. State colleges are also making their mark w hen it comes to garnering attention for boosting student success. Right now, multiple state colleges are vying for a coveted national recognition prize of $1 million for providing a quality education to children to prepare them to enter the workforce. At the heart of these accomplishments are educators who are working diligently each day to ensure our children can one day graduate and nd a career. Florida teachers w ere recognized in 2012 by being awarded the highest grade in the nation for educator quality—a testament to their continued efforts to positively in uence students lives. “We know we have some of the best teachers in the nation working with students across our state,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “They are the reason w e continue to see higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and the reason Florida continues to be recognized nationally and globally. We appreciate their dedication to shaping the lives of those who will one day run our nation.” Highlights from 2012: Students are internationally competitive: Florida students outperformed many of their national and global counterparts on both the 2011 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS). The reports compared the performance of U.S. fourth-grade students in reading, mathematics, and science, and eighth-grade students in mathematics and science to their peers internationally. Students excel in vocabulary: In the rst report of its kind, fourth and eighth graders excelled on the vocabulary portion of The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The report showed fourth graders in Florida outpaced the nation. This included students with disabilities and students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Florida’s eighth-grade Hispanic students outperformed students in their demographic nationally, as did students with disabilities and students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. Common core takes off: Florida College System teacher educator programs are the rst in the nation to voluntarily commit to a system-wide implementation of the Common Core State Standards. The new standards will be embedded in the teacher preparation program curriculum throughout the college system so new teachers who enter the classroom will be ready for the more rigorous standards. The standards are benchmarked to international standards and establish clear, consistent goals for learning in order to prepare students for college and careers. In addition to training new teachers, the Florida College System is uniquely positioned to offer essential Common Core training to current teachers. Test scores improve: Florida ranked second in the nation for education test-score gains. The Education Next report examined international and U.S. state trends in student achievement growth using mathematics, reading, and science data from 1992 to 2011. Florida is second only to Maryland in test-score improvement between 1992 and 2011. Magnet schools rank in Top 10: Four Florida high schools were recognized as being in the top 10 magnet schools in the country. The 2012 U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools report named the schools in recognition of a school’s ability to successfully educate its student body across a range of performance indicators and the degree to which they prepare students for college-level work. Quality educators make the grade: The National Council on Teacher Quality awarded Florida the highest grade in the nation for educator quality. The state also received high marks for making progress in policies and practices that govern the teaching profession. State colleges stand out: Florida is one of only two states in the nation to have multiple nalists in the top ten schools vying for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Broward College and Santa Fe College were named nalists for the highly esteemed prize that recognizes outstanding outcomes in learning, completion rates for degree and certi cate programs, minority and low-income student success, and employment after college. The winner and nalists with distinction will be named in March 2013. Minority graduation rates grow: Florida’s Hispanic and African-American students outpaced the national graduation rate average. Florida ranks third in the nation for the largest increase in graduation rate during the past decade. Reading initiative is national model: Through Just Read, Florida!, the state has implemented one of the most comprehensive literacy initiatives in the nation with efforts to ensure teachers deliver data-driven reading instruction, monitor student progress, and develop intervention strategies for students who are behind. Numerous states across the country are considering legislation that would mirror Florida’s policies for third-grade promotion and assistance to struggling readers. Florida’s groundbreaking legislation was introduced more than a decade ago and data show large reading achievement gains among students who received literacy support. Graduates score better on college entrance exams: Florida’s graduating seniors increased their scores in every SAT subject area in 2011-12. By Pete GawdaOkeechobee News The City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board faces an agenda of six cases at its rst meeting of the new year on Tuesday. Federal National Mortgage Association, owner of property at 1003 S.W. 11th Ave, W anda Page, owner of property at 803 N.W. 11th St., Gail Adams Peterson, owner of property at 907 N.E. 5th St., Fosler LLC, owner of property in the 1000 block of N.W. 5th Ave., and Lewis and Betsy Beebe, owners of property at 1380 S.E. 21st St., will have to answer to charges of public nuisance and general cleaning and beauti cation. Big Lake Painting and Pressure Cleaning has been cited for operating a business without the proper license. Turning to other business, the board will elect a chairperson and vice chair.Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. City Code Board to meet Tuesday 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Keith Bass & the Florida Bluegrass Express performing LIVEKeith Bass & the Florida Bluegrass Express will be performing LIVE at the Okeechobee KOA January 12th @ 5:30. This will be the only show they will have at the KOA this season. Tickets are $10 per person 12 years old and younger is free. Get your tickets at the door. Concessions available. For additional information contact Darlene Bass @ 863-634-5815 or Keith Bass @ 863-781-2376 Residential Commercial FREE EstimatesRoofing with the name you trust!Licensed and Insured St. Lic. CCC046939Dont make a Mistake! Call Big Lake 863-763-ROOF (7663) & REPAIRSROOFING 3 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 Today: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 81F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tonight: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Fog overnight. Low of 61F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.Extended ForecastMonday: Overcast with a chance of rain. Fog early. High of 77F. Winds from the NNE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday Night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 52F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 81F. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Tuesday Night: Clear. Fog overnight. Low of 61F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Okeechobee Forecast If you go ...What: City of Okeechobee Code Enforcement Board When: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8 Where: City Council Chambers, Okeechobee City Hall, 55 S.E. Third Ave. 2012 was successful year for students and educators

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Guns don’t kill; people kill Exactly, it’s not the guns that kill. Perhaps we should, instead of trying to drum up yet another knee jerk law, amend the mental heath care issue!  It’s basically the good ol “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” rhetoric. As if someone is suggesting guns sprout little arms and legs and walk up to their victims and re bullets out of their faces. Certainly people kill people ... guns (particularly semiautomatics) just make it a lot quicker and easier and allow for people to kill many more in a short period of time. It’s why you hear about mass shootings and not mass stabbings or mass stranglings.  Passing strange how I’ve had a loaded pistol beside my bed for the last ten years, yet never once has it attacked nor shot anyone. I know that the antigun folks want to just ignore that silly Constitution.  Wonder if back in the day someone said “I know that the anti-slave folks just want to ignore that silly Constitution.” Like it’s never been changed before. But I’m not opposed to common sense safeguards rather than banning. There are already restrictions in place for owning weapons (licenses, etc). Why not extend the automatic gun ownership restrictions to semi-automatics?  Why penalize or restrict a law abiding citizen the right to enjoy an exotic weapon? There are no laws that actually control behavior, nor should there be attempts to control behavior. Restricting a law-abiding citizen from something that he/she enjoys is not going to happen. Heck, look at the drug trade. All those laws banning narcotics, yet the nation is still full of narcotics in fact some medications are easier to get on the street than legally. If I walk outside and wipe out ten people with a sword, are people going to try to ban swords? What about cross bows?  According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a ri e. In 2005, the number of murders committed with a ri e was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a ri e was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. In 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a ri e but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.  You realize that a ri e is a very small category of guns, right? Also, talking about just crime takes out gun deaths such as those that occurred by accident. In actuality 31,000 people were killed by rearms in 2005. About 12,400 of those were gunrelated homicides. Are you suggesting that we would be safer if we banned handguns and other rearms aside from ri es? I agree.Marijuana From my side of the aisle I prefer to deal with people who are not dazed and dumbed down. Folks need all their sharpest wits about them to make sensible decisions, and many are not too sharp in the rst place or they wouldn’t be using drugs. I will defer to the doctors who are knowledgeable about the opinion of gateway drugs or not. M y opinion is still “who needs it?” Save the drugs for people who are sick and need medicine. Don’t be doping up when all you likely need is some conscious lifestyle changes to make things better for yourself. Whatsamatter, you can’t stand to be with your pot-smoking friends unless you get into an altered state o f mind? Get some new friends, who are going in the right direction with their lives. W hen shall these things be?By Calvin Fryar, pastorBrighton Baptist Church Matthew 24:1—“And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples c ame to him for to shew him the buildings of t he temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See y e not all these things? Verily I say unto you, T here shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3 A nd as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, T ell us, when shall these things be and what s hall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? As the disciples showed Jesus the temple, perhaps they were thinking, Wait a minute, Lord. Yes, the scribes and Pharisees are foolish and hypocrites, but look at this t emple! Surely there’s something good here. T he temple was indeed an incredible building. The gates were brass. The courts were marble. The furnishings were gold. The s tones were huge. The chipping and carving of these stones was done in a rock quarry miles away so that during construction not a s ound was heard on the temple mount (I Ki. 6:7). Since chiseling and shaping took place in the quarry, when the stones arrived at the temple mount, they t together perfectly. But remember Peter tells us we are living stones (I Pet. 2:5). All of us will t together perfectly in heaven. So guess what this world is. It’s the rock quarry. Do you ever feel like you’re being hammered on? Worn down? Chipped away? Welcome to the rock quarry. The Lord is smoothing us and preparing us here so that when we get to heaven, the sound of a hammer will not be heard.”—J. Courson’s Application Commentary. The disciples asked three questions: (1) “When shall these things be?”—when one stone would not be left upon another; (2) “What shall be the sign of thy coming?”— The answer to this question is found in verses 23–51; and (3) “What shall be the sign … of the end of the world [completion of the age]?” The answer to this question is found in verses 9–22. The Lord Jesus is going to answer these three questions, and we call His answers the Olivet Discourse because it took place on the Mount of Olives. They probably thought, “IT CAN’T BE!— not this beautiful temple!” This would seem impossible in the minds of the disciples. After all, the stones Jesus was talking about were massive in size, measuring twenty feet high, twenty feet wide, and forty feet long. But guess what happened. Less than forty years after Jesus spoke these words, the Romans stormed Jerusalem and, although Titus commanded his soldiers not to desecrate or harm the temple, one of them threw a torch into it. The ensuing re became so hot that the gold inside began to melt and run down the walls between the rocks. When it cooled and solidi ed, the Roman soldiers began to pull down the stones of the temple in order to get to the gold hidden in the crevices. They didn’t quit until they had managed to pull down every single stone. Exactly as Jesus had prophesied, not one stone remained upon another. That is why if you go to Jerusalem today, all you will see is the Wailing Wall, a part of the temple foundation. It’s a massive wall, but small in comparison to what the temple had been. BUT IS HAPPENED! The end did come— and it will come again, ready or not. The end came for the temple in A.D. 70. The signs were everywhere but they could not see them! It will happen again! The temple will be rebuilt. Antichrist will cause it to be rebuilt for himself (See 2 Thess. 2:4). J Vernon McGee wrote: “When I was at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem several years ago, the tour director tried to call my attention to the way the stones had been worn away by the people who had come there over the years to weep. That was certainly worth noting, but the thing that impressed me was that the wall was constructed of many kinds o f stones. History tells us that the Wailing Wall was made up of stones which came from different buildings in different periods. At the pinnacle of the temple, which evidently was the corner of the temple area, recent excavations reveal the same thing—there are all kinds of stones from different periods. What does that mean? My friend, that means that not one stone was left upon another—the builders had to go and pick up stones from different places because in A.D. 70 Titus the Roman really destroyed that city!—McGee, J. Vernon: Thru the Bible Commentary. And so shall it be again—the prophec y has its ful llment based upon “As it was, so shall it be” (Lu. 17:26-28). Even though the temple is even now being prepared to be rebuilt, it will be completely destroyed at the Lord’s coming. And all who are not looking for His return will nd sudden destruction coming upon them. January 6, 2013 4 Okeechobee News OPINION Public Forum/Speak Out Re ections from the Pulpit Speak Out has moved online, where i t is quicker and easier to share your i deas and converse with others. Go to w ww.newszap.com, click on the comm unity name and your local or state P ublic Forum. There, you can create n ew topics or comment on existing t opics. What follows is a sam pling of s ome of the discussions currently taki ng place. Thanks for participating!

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 just 14 last year. There was a healthy population at the nearby Avon Park Bombing Range 10 years ago but the bird is functionally extricated, from that facility. The largest population is found at the Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area north of Kenansville. Mr. Miller said while he suspects the re ants are the main problem for the ground nesting bird, they have not been able to pinpoint the reason for the bird's decline. "We have theories. A big reason is the prairie landscape over the years was converted to citrus, agriculture, and houses and the bird lost a lot of its habitat. Most of them are now on a few state-managed lands and some local ranches." Mr. Miller said the preserve does good habitat management and sprays chemicals on the re ants after they conduct prescribed burns in the spring and summer months. "We try the best that we can to go after these ants to give the birds a chance to nest," he added. Mr. Miller noted in a large parcel of land, it is a real challenge to battle re ants with limited resources. His prediction is that the bird could be eradicated in this area if things don't change. "The current trends state that within ve to 10 years they could possibly blink out," he added. A working group of experts in the eld have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife about a captive breeding program to save the bird. They meet twice per year to discuss the issues and what can be done. Other problems faced by the bird are drought, our rainy periods that might have ooded some nests, disease, and a loss o f genetic diversity due to the small population. Mr. Miller noted that the count is not a population estimate. They can survey about 10 percent of the property and do so in April, May and June. They count only the males they spot in the spot surveys. "We'd like to assume it is a one-to-one ratio with females but we can't prove that," he added. The bird is also found in South Americ a and in California. They feed mostly on grasshoppers and insects and have to compete with the re ants for food. The bird is listed as a species of special concern by the federal government and is listed as threatened in Florida. Federal of cials have debated whether to try to breed them in captivity because there is no guarantee it will be successful and the fact that taking them out of the wild would reduce the population there and could do more harm than good. One plan would take a few birds and raise them in cages and gradually increase the population while keeping at least 100 birds in the wild. Mr. Miller said he would like to talk with ranchers and others in Okeechobee who have experience dealing with re ants. He can be reached at 863-462-5360. Visitation at the Preserve continues to increase. Star gazing remains one of the most popular activities. The preserve is noted as the darkest sky on the peninsula of Florida. Another attraction is the purple prairie in October and November created by wild owers. SPARROWContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A corrections of cer at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution (OCI) has been arrested on charges of selling prescription pills during an undercover drug operation. An Okeechobee Narcotics Task Force detective stated in an arrest report that Douglas C. Bain, 45, S.E. 14th Court, Okeechobee, twice sold oxycodone pills to a con dential source during the operation. Bain was arrested Thursday, Jan. 3, on two felony counts of sale of oxycodone and two felony counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to sell. He was booked into the Okeechobee County Jail on a bond of $40,000. Jail records show he has been released on bond. Records at the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Of ce (OCSO) show that Bain also worked as a corrections and road patrol deputy on three separate occasions. Bain was rst hired as a corrections of cer at the sheriff's of ce on Jan. 6, 1992. He resigned that position on May 28, 1995. He was rehired on Feb. 7, 1997, as a corrections of cer but was terminated on Feb. 8, 2000, by then-sheriff Ed Miller for untruthfulness, conduct unbecoming an of cer and insubordination. He had become dual certi ed and was working as a road patrol deputy when he was red. Bain was then rehired by then-sheriff O.L. Raulerson as a road patrol deputy on Jan. 2, 2001. He resigned on Jan. 2, 2002. A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections (DOC) said Bain was hired as a corrections of cer at OCI on March 2, 2007. That spokesperson went on to say Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, that because of Bain's arrest: "Extraordinary termination has been approved and he is being noti ed of his dismissal." According to the detective's arrest report the con dential source twice bought oxycodone 30mg pills from Bain. During his interview with task force detectives Bain reportedly said he had been "... selling prescribed medications for about two years." He also allegedly told detectives he did not have a prescription for the oxycodone tablets. While the arrest report does not indicate how many pills were purchased by the con dential source, Bain allegedly admitted to the detectives that he was paid $150 on both occasions. "He knew it was wrong and blames no one but himself," added the detective's report. OCI of cer accused of selling prescription pills Douglas Bain is expected to begin operations in either 2014 or 2015. This will be FP&l's rst use of electricity that is generated by wood pellets, according to FP&L spokesperson Sarah Gatewood. She said that when fully operational the Okeechobee plant will supply electricity for 15,000 to 20,000 homes. She said electricity could be generated by this ecologicallyfriendly system without an increase in rates. U.S. Ecogen, with of ces in Florida and Maryland, is dedicated to building and owning electrical generating facilities fueled b y renewable and clean energy and operating timber plantations and wood pellet producing facilities. The eucalyptus trees are grown on large plantations. They reach maturit y quickly, and when harvested will regro w from the original tree stump. At this time it is not known where the plant will be located or how many people it will employ. Post your opinions in the Public Issues Forum at www.newszap.com. Reporter Pete Gawda can be reached at pgawda@newszap.com. POWERContinued From Page 1 By Eric KoppOkeechobee News A man being held in the county jail on a charge of attempted murder has been arrested by a state investigator for allegedly using a fraudulent Social Security number. Ruben Romero Hernandez, 30, S.W. 11th Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Thursday, Jan. 3, on a felony charge of obtaining employment with a fraudulent Social Security number. His bond on that charge has been set at $1,500. Hernandez was arrested by Detective William Hill, from the Department of Financial Services/Division of Insurance Fraud, after he reportedly used the bogus information to gain employment at Coco Sod Farms on May 3, 2012. According to the detective's arrest report the man's name is actually Ruben Hernandez Romero and he purchased the false identi cation documents ve years ago in Okeechobee County from an unknown individual. The detective stated in his report that Hernandez has "... never applied for nor has been assigned a resident alien or Social Security number." However, his employment packet at the sod company contained a permanent resident card with his photo and a Social Security card. These documents lists the man's name as Ruben Hernandez. He was also using the name Ruben Hernandez when he was arrested Dec. 23, 2012, by Detective Bettye Taylor of the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD) for reportedly shooting another man during an argument. Hernandez, who also goes by the name "El Ratoncito" (Little Rat), and the victim were apparently sitting around a re pit when the argument began. In her arrest report, Detective Taylor stated that Hernandez claimed he found a 9mm shell on the road and when he threw it into the re it exploded and the round struck the victim as he sat on a crate by the re. However, continued the report, the bullet struck the victim just below the neckline on the left side of his chest. The round then traveled in a downward angle and exited about midway down the left side of the man's body. This path, stated the OCPD investigator, was not consistent with the victim sitting by the re and the bullet exploding from the re pit. According to Okeechobee County Jail records Hernandez is being held without bond on the attempted murder charge. Inmate charged with having false SS number Ruben Hernandez YOUNIFIED youth event plannedAll youth from sixth grade to 12th grades are invited to attend the YOUNIFIED youth event, on Jan. 11 There will be over 50 FREE door prizes given away including two lap tops, two iPads, two X-box 360's, iPods, "Beats" headphones and a more! There will also be great speakers and when the event opens at 5:30 p.m. it will open up with a great rap group called "authentic" out of Miami that the youth are going to love!! The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be another rap group at that time as you come in, visit the booths and get some free food!! "3:Thirty" will also be singing. The night will be action packed with food, music and truth. Don't miss this!!!! Friday, Jan. 11 at Osceola Middle School. Doors open at 5 p.m. Event is 5:30-9:30 p.m. For more information please call 863-634-6523.

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A merican Legion 64 BingoAmerican Legion 64 will host Sunday night Bingo on Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. The American Legion will be closed on Jan. 13 and Jan. 20 due to the free fair being here and will resume on Jan. 27 The kitchen will offer a limited menu. Payoffs will be determined by player attendance. A ll proceeds to bene t the American Legion v eterans' programs. The event is open to the public.The Women of the Moose Buckhead RidgeThe Women of the Moose, Buckhead Ridge will be hosting a "Darling" fried chicken dinner on Sunday, Jan. 6 from 2-6 p.m. Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and cole slaw for $7. All proceeds collected bene t Moose Charities.Cypress Hut Eagles Host Sunday dinnerThis Sunday, Jan. 6 the Cypress Hut Eagles will host a southern fried chicken dinner starting at 1 p.m. for a $6 donation. All proceeds will go to the Childrens' Diabetes Research Foundation. Dine in or take out and public is welcome.OCRA Gearing up for 2013 Baseball/Softball SeasonOCRA is currently planning the upcoming season of Baseball/Softball. Sign ups w ill be held the rst three Saturdays in Feb. from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. at the score tower at the Sports Complex. All children between the ages of 4 and 14 (15 for girls) are invited to sign up. Sponsors, coaches, umpires, and v olunteers are needed. Please call 863-6430515 for more information or to help out. The rst monthly meeting of the new year w ill be held on Monday, Jan. 7, at the score tower at 7 p.m. Interested citizens are invited to attend. Coffee with the Commissioner to be held Jan. 8Coffee with the Commissioner will be hosted by Commissioner Frank Irby on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10 a.m. noon, and w ill be held at the Brown Cow Sweetery, 103 S.W. Park Street. Citizens wishing to participate are encouraged to call 863-763-6441 to schedule an appointment.Quit Smoking Now programRaulerson Hospital will host a free Quit Smoking Now Program beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9 The class will meet on Wednesdays in the Raulerson Cafeteria at 3 p.m. for six weeks. Participants will be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapies. For more information or to register call 877819-2357.Okeechobee Shrine Club Spaghetti DinnerThe Okeechobee Shrine Club will resume the weekly Spaghetti Dinners on Tuesday, Jan. 8 You are invited to join your friends and neighbors for delicious homemade food and great fellowship. Serving is from 4 p.m. 7 p.m. and reservations are not required. The Shrine Club, located at 1740 S.W. 53rd Street (Hwy. 78W) is pleased to offer smoke free dinning. For your listening and dancing pleasure, music is provided 5 p.m. 8 p.m. The complete dinner is available for a donation of only $6.Proceeds bene t Shrine Charities. For more information on the activities of the Okeechobee Shrine Club, contact Kip Gardner at 863-357-0427, Randall Mims at 863-763-9200 or the Shrine Club at 863-763-3378.ConKerr Cancer “sit & sew”ConKerr Cancer's mission is to provide children with cancer or other life changing illnesses a feeling of warmth and love through the simple gift of a pillowcase. Our next "sit & sew" will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 10:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m. at the Okeechobee Presbyterian Church on Parrott Avenue. Bring your sewing machine and fabric and sew with other ladies in our community who want to help make a difference to a sick child. All of our pillowcases will be donated to St. Mary's Hospital, Palms West and Lakeside Hospital in Belle Glade. We will be making annel pillowcases this month and we have kits available to sewn. If you have child-friendly cotton fabric you would like to donate please call Joan at 863467-0290.Drug Court Graduation plannedOkeechobee County's Drug Court Graduation will be held Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. in court room D at the Okeechobee Judicial Center. Please come join us, for more information, please contact Hon. Jerry Bryant County Court Judge at 863-763-3193.Diabetes program availableOn Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. Living With Diabetes. Presented by Wanda Haas, RN CDE. Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community 203 S.E. 2nd Street Located in the Activities Room Offered by the Visiting Nurses. Community Events 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Cecil E. Perrine, JrOKEECHOBEE Cecil E. Perrine, Jr. died at home on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. A native Floridian, Cecil spent most of his life in Okeechobee. He served his country as a member of the US Army. Cecil is survived by three sons, Cecil III, Bradley, and Jason. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla.Kenneth K. Stinson, 88OKEECHOBEE Kenneth K. Stinson died peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Kenneth relocated from Texas to Okeechobee in 1988. Kenneth was a true and dedicated Marine that loved his country and served on the following beach heads during World War II; Saipan, Tihian, Okinawa, the Marianas Islands, and the Ryukyu Islands. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart. Kenneth enjoyed sailing and diving for over 20 years. He also found enjoyment as a black belt martial arts instructor. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Rosalie Stinson of Okeechobee; a son, Patrick Stinson; and a daughter, Teresa (Paul) Brooks, both of Arkansas. A memorial service will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may send online condolences to www.buxtonseawinds.com Arrangements are under the care of Matthew and Paul Buxton of Buxton-Seawinds Funeral Home, 3833 SE 18th Terrace, Okeechobee, Fla. Nancy Basham Phelps, 69OKEECHOBEE Nancy Basham Phelps passed away Dec. 4, 2012, at her home in Okeechobee, Fla. Nancy, formerly of Lynchburg, Va., is survived by her son Rick and daughter-in-law, Patty. She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers; and a sister. Nancy's legacy will be her easy smile, quic k wit, generosity, and passion for life. A memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2013, at the Thomas Road Baptist Church Tate Chapel in Lynchburg, VA. A reception will follow at Moose Lodge, 715 on Lakeside Drive. In lieu of owers, please make a charitable donation to the American Lung Association. Services handled by Buxton Seawinds Funeral Services.Russell D. Waytovich, 62OKEECHOBEE Russell D. Waytovich passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in the Hamrick Home Hospice. He was born Oct. 15, 1950 in Logan, W.Va. He was a correctional of cer, handyman and a painter. Mr. Waytovich was a member of the Masons, coached OCRA Basketball and was a coin collector. He is preceded in death by an uncle, Paul Waytovich of St. Augustine, Fla. He is survived by his sons, Russell Paul Waytovich (Corinnie) of Portage, Ind., Joshua Robert Waytovich of Chesterton, Ind.; three grandchildren, Jordon, Brandon and Shelbie; mother, Josephine Spinks of Alexandria, Va; sisters, Doris Ayers (Frank) of St. Augustine, Fla., Karen Spinks, Janice Fero, Anne Spinks all of Alexandria, Va.; and a host of family in St. Augustine and West Virginia. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012 from 4 p.m. until service time of 7 p.m. in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. Pastor Car y McKee of the More 2 Life Church will be of ciating. On-line condolences may be made at www.buxtonfuneralhome.com. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory, 110 NE 5th Street, Okeechobee, FL. florida.newszap.com Check out these new features: • Daily Local News Updates • New interactive and easy to navigate format • Plus much, much more!Come see for yourself! Obituaries 6 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 Obituaries should be submitted to the Okeechobee News by e-mailing obits@newszap.com. Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at www.newszap.com

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Sales: Monday at 12 p.m. Tuesday at 11 a.m. Okeechobee Livestock Market U.S. 98 North, Okeechobee (863) 763-3127 Always on Top of the JobŽRe-Roofing Specialists€ Metal & Shingle Roofs € Flats & Leaks Repair FREE ESTIMATES863-357-3838State Lic.#CCC1327338 3235 US Hwy 441 SE Okeechobee( Located at the Lakeview Inn Plaza Next To Okeechobee Thrift Store, Treasure Island)Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials Hours: Tues, Wed & Sun 6am to 2pm Thurs, Fri, & Sat. 6am to 8pm CLOSED MONDAYS(863) 824-0347 Movie Tickets: Adults $6.50 • Children 12 & under $5.00 Senior Citizens $5.00 all movies • Matinees $4.50Fri., Jan 4TH Thurs., Jan. 10THFor Info, Call 763-7202 I: “DJANGO UNCHAINED”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 only, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00 & 7:00 only, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00II: “JACK REACHER”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:15, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:15, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00III: “PARENTAL GUIDANCE”Fri., Tues. & Thurs. 7:00 & 9:00, Sat., Sun. & Wed. 2:00, 4:15, 7:00 & 9:00, Mon. 3:00 & 7:00 R PG-13 PG 7 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 By Charles M. MurphyOkeechobee News Lonnie Pryor saved his best for last as he w on the Most Valuable Player Award at the Bowl Championship Series Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s night as he rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns to lead Florida State to a huge win over Northern Illinois, 31-10. Pryor ashed the old form he showed numerous times at Brahman stadium in the rst half as he plowed through a hole in the Huskies defense and ran untouched for a 60-yard touchdown run to give FSU a lead they would not relinquish. Pryor put the game away with a 37-yard touchdown jaunt in the second half. He added a rst half-pass reception. “I was talking to myself the whole way to the end zone. I just said no, no, no, don’t let anyone catch you,” he explained. “It was a great way to go out and it felt good to end my last FSU game in that way.” A large group of Okeechobee fans attended the Orange Bowl to enjoy Pryor’s nal college game. He will be eligible for the NFL draft this spring. Pryor capped off his college career with 380 yards rushing during the regular season as the Seminoles won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship. He also caught 13 passes this year for an additional 117 yards. He played on special teams this year for the Seminoles. Pryor also earned accolades for his blocking at fullback, his leadership for the younger running backs and teammates, and his positive and infectious personality w hile at FSU. While at FSU the Seminoles w on four straight bowl games. Pryor also played in legendary coach Bobby Bowden’s nal game, a win in the Gator Bowl over West Virginia during his freshman y ear. FSU nished 12-2 this year and should nish in the Top 10 in the nal polls to be released next week. Pryor said he adjusted to the position of fullback after a record-shattering career for Okeechobee High School. He remembered w anting to cry when running back coach Dexter Carter suggested he change positions. He called coach Chris Branham and had a long talk, talked with FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, and accepted the change. He said it turned out to be a great move. “They wanted me to get more playing time and a chance to showcase my skills. I knew my coaches wouldn’t lead me the wrong way,” he added. Pryor’s advice to younger players was to work hard and dedicate yourself to the sport. He maintains whatever effort you put in, you will get back. “I want to thank everyone in Okeechobee for all the love and support. Young kids, if you have a goal and a dream, make sure you chase it and never give up,” he added. Pryor was invited to play in the Texas versus Nation college all-star game. “It was always a dream to come to Florida State, play football and get an education. The next dream is to go pro and play in the National Football League. I’ll train for that, and hope everything works out. All it takes is for one team to give me a chance to show what I can do.” Pryor wins MVP award in FSU’s 31-10 Orange Bowl win Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceFlorida State fullback, and Okeechobee High School grad, Lonnie Pryor (with football) separates himself from Northern Illinois defensive backs during the Seminoles’ Orange Bowl win. Pryor was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. Special to the Okeechobee News/ Sandra PearceLonnie Pryor, #24, celebrates with a teammate after scoring one of his two touchdowns in FSU’s Orange Bowl win over the Northern Illinois Huskies. Okeechobee’s Lonnie Pryor looks in at the quarterback during Tuesday’s game.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Our Surgical Services Department performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients everyday.Some of the Surgical Procedures available include: Total Knee and Hip Replacements Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Laparoscopic Appendectomy Single-Site Gall Bladder Removal InterStim Therapy for bladder or bowel incontinence Pacemaker and AICD implementation And many more Our highly trained Surgical Services Department utilizes the latest technology and state of the art devices. The patient care they provide is from the heart. Raulerson Hospital has been caring for the health needs of our community for more than 33 years. Trust our skilled medical staff to provide you and your family with the quality care you deserve and expect. For more information about the surgical services available at Raulerson Hospital, visit our website at RaulersonHospital.com. Our website also includes a health and video library to help you understand and become educated about the conditions that are important to you. it f t h 33 8 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 Special to the Okeechobee News January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Make sure you’re aware of all of the ways you can prevent cervical cancer and understand what the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and regular Pap testing can do for you. What causes cervical cancer?HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that rarely causes infection. It often produces no symptoms, but when HPV does lead to an infection, gynecological cancers can form. These can develop up to 15 years after the virus was contracted. According to the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 12,000 women develop cervical cancer and 4,000 die from it in the U.S. every year.Preventing cervical cancerCervical cancer can be reduced or prevented when you:  Get the HPV vaccine;  Practice abstinence;  Have as few sexual partners as possible;  Use a condom;  Quit smoking;  Get your annual Pap test every year, starting at the age of 21. This valuable tool detects abnormalities on the cervix.How does the vaccine work?The HPV vaccination is the most powerful preventive measure available today. It is recommended for all girls 11 to 12 years old, before they have become sexually active. However, it can be administered to sexually active women up to 26 years of age. There are two types of vaccines, commonl y known as Cervarix and Guardasil. With either vaccine, the patient receives three doses via shot over a six-month period. Young men can also bene t from the vaccine, which can protect them from certain cancers and other conditions.Screening for cervical cancersThe Pap Test (Pap smear) is one of the most reliable and effective cancer screening tests available (it only screens for cervical cancer). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pap smear is recommended for all women. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. Early on cervical cancer may not cause any signs or symptoms, so see your doctor annually for a Pap smear and follow up on any results that are not normal. Gynecological procedures, including minimally invasive procedures, are performed at Raulerson Hospital by the Surgical Services team. For more information about Raulerson Hospital, call them at 763-2151 or visit their website: RaulersonHospital.com. To schedule an appointment or ask a health question, call Raulerson Hospital’s free, 24hour Consult-A-Nurse service at 863-7639228. This is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month Special to the Okeechobee News/ OMSStudents of the WeekMrs. Garcia was sprayed with the Student of the Week sodaStrawberry Fanta! Her pants will never be the same, but the Students of the Week loved it! Here they are making fun of her and pink splotched attire! Congratulations to: Justin Comfort, Brighton Bauman, Keith Davis, Daniel Serranonot pictured, Luis Terrazas, Rachel Hel nstine, Jonathan Mans eld, Madelyn Hubert and Sarah McNitt. Not pictured, Candace McGlamory. The American Legion Free Fair will include cooking, talent and beauty contests. The 57th Annual Okeechobee American Legion Free Fair, will be held Friday, Jan. 1222 at the American Legion Hall grounds off State Road 70 in downtown Okeechobee. J & J Amusements will provide the carnival rides. The midway will open at 5 p.m. weekdays. On Saturdays the midway will open at noon and Sundays it will open at 1 p.m. Contests for the fair include:  Kids baking contest, Jan. 12, judging at 7:30 p.m.  Adult baking contest, Jan. 14, judging at 7:30 p.m.  Talent contest, Jan. 15, judging at 7:30 p.m.  Miss American Legion pageant, judging at 7:30 p.m.  Chili contest, Jan. 18, judging at 7:30 p.m. Ribbons and cash prizes will be given to rst, second and third place winners. Entry blanks can be obtained at the American Legion Lounge. A merican Legion Free Fair opens Jan. 12

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Special to the Okeechobee News December proved to be a month of contrasts where rain fell across the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Jupiter experienced a nearly 10-inch rainfall event on Dec. 11, while Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties were more than an inch below average for the entire month. The Southwest Coast was slightly above average, while the East Caloosahatchee Basin was slightly below average. “This variability of where the rain fell across the District shows the challenges we face in estimating where we will be later in the dry season,” said Susan Sylvester, SFWMD Chief of the Water Control Operations Bureau. “Fortunately, water levels in most areas remain well positioned at this point in the dry season.” For the month, an average of 1.93 inches of rain fell across the District’s 16 counties, representing 102 percent of average, or 0.04 inches above average. The Lower Kissimmee Basin experienced the most rainfall for an entire basin, with 3.60 inches, representing 202 percent of average, or 1.82 inches above average. Eastern Miami-Dade County was among the driest areas, with 0.59 inches, representing 31 percent of average, or 1.32 inches belo w average. Lake Okeechobee stood at 14.97 feet NGVD Friday, which is 0.23 inches above its average for this time of year. The lake stood at 15.08 feet NGVD a month ago. December brought scattered rainfall to South Florida 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Buy a Home Delivery or Mail subscription for $6 a monthand receive an E-Subscription FREE* Your local news available right at your fingertips! Call (863) 763-3134 today! When you enroll in our EZPAY subscription planStay in the know with anE-subscription Available 24/7http://specialsections.newszap.com/SS/Tiles2.aspx?sortby=type&type=Florida View all our online sections in the comfort of your own home or on the go! Friday, October 26, 2012 Supplement to the: CONSULT-A-NURSE For Free Physician Referral & Health Care Questions call 763-9228 Providing our community quality healthcare services with a personal touch for more than 30 years Emergency Services 24 hrs /7 days a week O rthopedics Introducing Dr. Benjamin Epstein Physical, Occupational & Speech Thera py R adiology Services Accredited by the American College of Radiology in: CT Scan, Digital Ma mmography, MRI, Nu clear Medicine, & Ul trasound Surgical Services Minimally Invasive Procedures/ Inpatient and Outpatient Services Occupational Health / Workers Compensa tion We Treat Kids Too! Available year-round at orida.n ewszap.com R H H H R C S M. S2012-2013 Okeechobee County 2012-2013 School Information Guid e Featuring Superintendent Letter School Calendar SCHOOL BUS SCHEDULE School Listing Progress Report & Report Card ScheduleCall to Schedule your eye appontment today! 763-3937 606 North Parrott Avenue www.biglakeeyecare.com Big Lake Eye Care Michael and Theresa Platt announce the birth of their son, Casen Joseph Platt. He was born on Dec. 19, 2012 at St. Marys Medical Center in West Palm Beach. He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Casen was welcomed home by his brothers, Cavin and Cambell; and his sister, Andelyn. Maternal grandparents are Wayne and Sharlene Moats, of Buckhead Ridge. Paternal grandparents are Frank and Reba Platt, of Okeechobee. Maternal great-grandmother is Emma Moats, of Alexandria, Va. CASEN JOSEPH PLATT BIRTHS 10 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 Health Expo open to vendorsThe Sixth Annual Okeechobee Family Health and Safety Expo will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Agri-Civic Center. Vendors, please sign up now to secure booth space at this event. Vendors may set-up at no cost to share health or safety related information or to provide free screenings or demonstrations. The 2012 Expo hosted over 120 vendors and attendance was over 2,000. For more information call Sharon Vinson, Shared Services Network, 863-462-5000 ext. 257 or Donny Arnold, Okeechobee County Fire Rescue, 863-634-6464.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HEAVY DUTY SCHOOL MODEL SEW & SERGE SEWING MACHINESYOUR PRICE WITH THIS AD$149Layaway available with $50 Down These are brand new 2012 Singer school model sewing machines. These sewing machines remain UNSOLD.THEY MUST BE SOLD NOW!These heavy-duty school model machines have a metal hook and are built for years of extended service. All machines are new in factory-sealed cartons.25-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY INCLUDED.WHAT IS A SEW & SERGE SEWING MACHINE???FIRST, IT IS A SOPHISTICATED SEWING MACHINE...That does buttonholes (any size), invisible Blind Hems, Monograms, Double Seams, Zippers, Sews on Buttons, Darning, Appliqu, Zig Zag, Basting, Pin Tucking, Quilting and much more. Just turn the dial to Sew Magic!SECOND, IT HAS A PROFESSIONAL SERGING STITCH...This allows you to sew the seam and serge the edge of the material in one operation. With the purchase of an optional cutter, you can trim the fabric.THIRD, IT IS DESIGNED TO SEW ALL FABRICS...Without pressure adjustments, such as Levis, Canvas, Upholstery, Nylon, Stretch Materials, Silk, Percale, Organdy and...THEY EVEN SEW LEATHER!! NOW YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL IN ONE MACHINE! TRAINED DEMONSTRATORS ON DUTYFor your convenience, we accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Layaway available. For more information, call 1-866-342-0508. Singer is a registered trademark of the Singer Company LTD. 556503 Thursday, January 1011am 3pm3601 US Hwy 441 S OkeechobeeFriday, January 1111am 3pm941 W. Sugarland Hwy Clewiston TEACHER’S MODEL ALSO AVAILABLE FOR $219 AND $299ONE DAY ONLYAT EACH LOCATION 11 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 Indian River State College will offer the pre-licensing courses for the Florida Real Estate Sales Associate License and the Property and Casualty Insurance License beginning in J anuary. “Real Estate Principles and Practices,” REE1040, will teach the theoretical, practical and legal aspects of real estate to prepare students for successful completion of the licensing examination to become a Florida Real Estate Sales Associate. The course will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 to 10:15 p.m. beginning Jan. 17 through April 30 in Building B, Room 209 at the Main Campus. “Property and Casualty Insurance,” RMI2600, is the state required “220” prelicensing class. Topics include auto, re and property insurance, liability, workman’s compensation and security bonds. The course will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. from Jan. 30 to May 13 in the J Building, Room 208 at the IRSC Main Campus. Registration is now underway. The IRSC Main Campus is located at 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, Fla. For more information, call toll-free 1-866-792-4772. Start a real estate or insurance career The Lakeport Sour Orange Festival and Quilt Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lakeport Community Center, 1239 Red Barn Road in Lakeport (off State Road 78, between Moore Haven and Okeechobee.) The Sour Orange Festival Dessert CookOff will be held during the festival. Win a ribbon and have some fun just by using your imagination and preparing something with sour orange in the recipe. All entries will be judged on appearance, aroma, texture, taste and originality. (You can use something from the sour orange cookbook.) Make sure that your recipe has enough sour orange juice in it to be able to taste the avor. Contest organizers ask you to prepare two of the same recipe—one for the judges to taste and one to be auctioned or sold. Bring two copies of the recipe (do not put your name on the recipe) and have your entry there by 9:30 am. Judging will begin promptly at 10:00. The festival begins at 8 am. Prizes will be $50, $25 and $10. If you don’t have sour oranges, NO PROBLEM, they will get you some. Please contact contest organizers and let them know if you plan to enter. This will help them to prepare a better cook-off for you to enjoy—and better prizes too. For more information and details, call Jean Jacobs 608-345-1324. For vendor information, call 1-863-2271074. Sour Orange Festival hosts dessert cook-off By Katie Sebris, NEThe month of January emphasizes Folic Acid Awareness; but it should be part of a healthy diet everyday. Your body uses it to stay healthy and strong and as the New Year begins make your health a priority by ensuring your daily intake of folic acid. Some foods you eat contain folic acid, as a substance called Folate, but it is hard to get all that your body needs, naturally present, in these foods; supplementing with a multivitamin will help you stay healthy and strong. Everyone needs it to enable healthy growth and development and it is essential for women during pregnancy. It is used during the growth and developmental processes of an infant, particularly the neural development; w hen an infant does not get enough folic acid, in pregnancy, serious birth defects can occur. These are called neural tube defects (NTDs) and the most common defects are Spina Bi da, the spinal column does not fully close, and Anencephaly, the brain is not fully developed. Women that may become pregnant and women that are pregnant should take at least 400 mg of folic acid every day to help reduce the chances of NTDs. The Florida Department of Health, Okeechobee County WIC Program works to educate mothers on the bene ts of folic acid. The WIC program recommends taking a multivitamin along with forti ed foods and eating a healthy diet. This January be aware of your health and make changes this year towards healthy eating along with a healthy lifestyle. Change does not happen immediately but it is the end result of a series of choices. This January, remember folic acid is important, and bring awareness to those around you; to increase the health of the state of Florida to be the healthiest state in the nation. Here is a useful list of websites focused on Neural Tube Defects and folic acid: http:// www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/ntds/Pages/default.aspx, http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/ folicacid/index.html, http://www.folicacidinfo.org/ Call the Okeechobee WIC program today for more information. Contact us at: 863-462-5824 or 863-462-5809 para espanol. Folic Acid should be part of a healthy diet

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Okeechobee, FL 34972 (863) 357-2431 • 800-432-1064 • FAX (863) 357-6723www.slbatterytire.com Process Service PS-06-17 Bail Bonds Gregory Gernat 588 NE 28th Ave., Okeechobee, FL 34972 863-357-2888 or toll Free 877-568-3864UNIQUE SERVICES The HERITAGE608 NE 2nd Ave., OkeechobeeAssisted Living Facility Respite Care 24/7 Available 863-763-1700 License A111896 C rossroads Restaurant5050 NE 128th Ave Okeechobee (corner of 70E & 128th Ave..)Hours: Mon -Sat 5:30 am 2:30pm Sun 7am -230pm (863) 763-8333 David & Carolyn Douglas, Owners U.S. Navy Retired Support Our TroopsGeorge StoreySales and Designer Cell: (772) 971-0419 4306 South U.S. 1, Fort Pierce, Florida Office: (772) 465-2700 Fax: (772) 465-1063 Email: ichiefgeo@bellsouth.net 12 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 Fish Busters BulletinLake Istokpoga’s 28,000 acres in Highlands County, just south of Sebring, is turning into a top lunker producer, as evidenced by the lake’s early prominence in the TrophyCatch angler-recognition program. Recent angler surveys estimated more than 1,000 bass, over 8 pounds, were caught there in less than a year. Early in November, Don Hatcher documented, with all the required photos, an 8.8-pound bass that was 23 inches long to qualify for a Lunker Club (8-9.9 pounds) entry into the TrophyCatch program. His sh quali ed him for not only a certi cate and decal but also a free T-shirt from Bass King Clothing and a drawing for a $50 certi cate from Bass Pro Shops, Dick’s Sporting Goods or Rapala, and the right to proclaim “My Trophy Swims in Florida!” Lynn Ogle topped that sh a month later w ith a Trophy Club (10-12.9 pounds) entry that tipped the scales at 10.25 pounds and w as 27 inches long. Besides bragging rights and the great feeling of knowing she’d released her trophy to grow and ght another day, she’ll receive a long-sleeve T-shirt from Bass King, and two $50 gift cards, plus a framable certi cate and window decal. The next day it was Charles Beatty pushing “oh so close,” as he said, to the Hall of Fame club, with a 12.4-pound, 26.5-inch beauty that he caught on an arti cial lure. Beatty was thrilled that he quali ed for the Trophy Club, but had the sh exceeded 13 pounds and been certi ed, he would have received a free ($500 value) berglass mount of his sh from New Wave Taxidermy and a commemorative display with a 3-D Fish Photo Replica of his sh mounted above a “Sportsman on Canvas” image of his catch. Hall of Famers also earn a custom Pro Line shing rod with U.S. Reel bait caster, a Glen Lau DVD, $150 in gift certi cates and entry into the Bass Hall of Fame at the Florida Bass Conservation Center. The good news is the sh was released. W ith a few more ounces of pre-spawn fattening, it may still be a Hall of Fame inductee w hen the next lucky angler catches and releases it. The best way to participate and to see w hat’s being caught where is to go to TrophyCatchFlorida.com. By registering in advance and learning the rules, you will know what equipment (camera, scales and measuring device) to have with you. Once y ou catch and release your qualifying bass (8-12.9 pounds), or call the FWC to certify a 13-pound plus hawg, you’ll just need to log in, upload the photos and spread the word to your network of friends. You don’t have to register in advance, but registering makes y ou eligible for a drawing for a Phoenix bass boat powered by Mercury. Quality trophy bass shing in Istokpoga is no uke. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) worked long and hard with local anglers and businesses to bring the lake back. In the early 1960s, water-level stabilization began limiting water uctuations, resulting in excess vegetation and organic build-up. This is bad for habitat rejuvenation and ushing of Florida lakes. These lakes historically experienced droughts that allowed muck to dry out and blow away, exposing sand that holds aquatic plants and provides bedding areas for bass and other sun sh. Subsequent high water levels would extend into the oodplain, allowing exceptionally strong year-classes of sh to develop. Now, to ensure adequate water for irrigation, navigation and drinking water during droughts and to prevent ooding during high-water periods, mankind intervenes to preclude these extreme uctuations. As a result, the FWC and other environmental partners must use alternate means to rejuvenate lakes. From March through July 2001, Istokpoga bene tted by a drawdown and mechanical muck removal. A total of 1,308 acres were scraped from 21 miles of shoreline. To maintain quality habitat, herbicide treatments and mechanical harvesting are used annually, targeting tussocks and plant monocultures to improve habitat. This reduces muck buildup and lessens the chance of plant die-offs, which cause sh kills. By 2003, scraped areas had eelgrass, a highly desirable native aquatic plant. By 2009, quality sh habitat covered 33 percent of the lake. Twenty percent to 40 percent aquatic vegetation is ideal. Stakeholders are actively engaged. In 1997, Lake Istokpoga became a sh management area, and the Lake Istokpoga Management Committee was formed at the request of Highlands County commissioners. The committee includes county and FWC staff and representatives from local user groups (e.g., shermen, guides, sh camp owners, homeowners associations, Audubon). The committee discusses management ideas and provides input. In addition, Friends of Istokpoga, a nonpro t group, discusses management activities quarterly, including hydrilla treatment and habitat restoration plans. The FWC has also used regulations to help create a trophy shery. A 15to 24-inch slot limit for bass and a threesh daily bag limit (of which only one bass may be 24 inches or longer) have been successful. The FWC conducts annual angler surveys and supplements that information with nonlethal electro shing surveys. The 2012 surveys documented the highest largemouth bass success rate (0.82 sh per hour) since the drawdown. Lake Istokpoga is a stellar example of the FWC using a variety of management techniques and soliciting public input to provide an exceptional shery. However, it isn’t close to being the only one. To see the top bass lakes for 2013 and get quarterly regional forecasts, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and under “Freshwater Fishing” click “Fishing Sites and Forecasts.” Lake Istokpoga nursed to be a ‘lunker locker’

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The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce investigated reports of the following crimes last week: ASSAULT  4400 block of U.S. 441 S.E.  6800 block of N.E. Fifth St.  3700 block of N.W. 167th Court BURGLARY  34900 block of N.E. Fourth Dive  N.E. 28th Ave. (vehicle)  900 block of N.E. 342nd Trail  2400 block of N.E. Sixth St.  6900 block of N.W. 151st Terrace CRIMINAL MISCHIEF  400 block of N.W. 102nd St.  900 block of N.E. 28th Terrace  1900 block of S.W. Second Way  2000 block of S.E. 33rd St.  20300 block of U.S. 98 N. THEFT  4100 block of U.S. 441 S. (wallet)  700 block of N.W. 106 St. (mail box)  600 block of N.W. 106th St. (mail box)  400 block of N.W. 106th St. (mail box)  10100 block of N.E. 25th Lane  19200 block of N.W. 80th Drive (license tag)  2000 block of S.E. 27th St. (license tag)  500 block of N.W. Fourth St. (identity) VANDALISM  2400 block of U.S. 441 S.E. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 104 NW 7th Ave. Okeechobee 863-763-4010 or 888-874-2945Lic. RE Broker Auctioneer# AU2579. 1,430 Acre Ranch in Eastern Okeechobee CountyOffered Exclusively by: The Tucker Group, LLC Call Brandon Tucker (772) 201-8722$3,750 per acre Northern 1300 Acres SOLD 8/24/2012 century21okeechobee@earthlink.net • 1200 S. Parrott Ave. • Century21okeechobee.co m • FORECLOSURE 40+/Acres of vacant/pasture land in Fort Drum. Paved street frontage. $125,000 MLS #206360 • Basswood lot 124x125 (NW 33rd Ave) $6,000. • acre in Edgewater (624 SW 86th Ave) $14,000 Make offer! MLS #206356 • 55+/-acres on SR 710 $330,000 Make Offer! David Hazellief, 863-610-1553 Betty Hazellief, 863-610-0144 Sharon Prevatt, 863-634-7069 Dee Reeder, 863-610-2485 (863) 763-2104 • Se Habla Espaol 2002-M: Taylor Creek Waterfront home, Manmade lake. Large garage, enclosed porch, ample concrete driveway. 1450 TSF/1164 Under air. Needs some TLC. $39,900 NOW $34,900 MLS #206313 FORECLOSURE NEW LISTING LAKE ACCESS 5000-M: Deer Park (Ft. Drum area) 3BR/ 2BA on 5+/-acres with large shed, large covered back porch, fenced & crossed fenced, three wells and more. Short Sale. $99,000 MLS #206394 5040-H: Foreclosure J&S Park 3BR/2BA house on 2 lots. Large eat-in-kitchen, has front, side and back porches. 1438 SF under air. Make offer $46,500 NOW $39,900 MLS #206168 5020-M: Kissimmee River Estates Singlewide MH with additions, storage shed and carport all on 4 clean lots. In move in condition. $29,900 MLS #206474 5003-H: Lazy 7 Estates 3/2/2 on an acre. 2022 total sq ft/1290 under air. Many upgraded features. Two wells, irrig system and much more. $159,900 NOW $155,900 MLS #206138 4000-H: Buckhead Ridge Wow!! Water w/lake access. Boat slip, concrete seawall. Ready to move into condition. $115,000 NOW $98,000 MAKE OFFER MLS #205694 THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME? Call me today and let me show you how Coldwell Banker Berger Real Estate can work for you to increase your property’s exposure and allow me to reach the maximum potential buyers around the country. “Anything Less is Second Best.”GRACIE MORTONgraciemorton06@gmail.com863.634.5283 (CELL) • 863.763.5335 (OFFICE) V i c k i S A n d e r s o n Lic. RE Broker Your Hometown RealtorGiving you theservice you deserve!21442 E. SR 78, BHR € Okeechobee 863-634-4106vic_anderson@earthlink.netwww.andersonrealtyco.com 13 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 The following individuals were arrested on felony or driving under the in uence (DUI) charges by the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO), the Okeechobee City Police Department (OCPD), the Florida Highw ay Patrol (FHP), the Florida Fish and W ildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) or the Department of Corrections (DOC).  David Dewayne Coleman, 45, S.E. Fourth St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 3 by Detective M.D. Faulkner on felony charges of grand theft and defrauding a pawnbroker. His bond was set at $10,000.  Jody Crum, 41, S.W. Rucks Dairy Road, was arrested Jan. 3 by Deputy Leland Schoonmaker on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of possession of a counterfeit payment instrument (27 counts). His bond was set at $54,000.  Cole Anthony Underhill, 29, N.W. 33rd Ave., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 3 by Deputy Heath Hughes on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of failure to appear giving false information to a pawnbroker. He is being held without bond.  Rodney Lee Rutherford, 27, S.E. 74th Way, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 3 by Detective Susan Morrison on felony charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property. His bond was set at $12,500.  Teresa Lynn Hite, 44, S.E. 14th Terrace, Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 3 by Deputy Mark Margerum on a felony charge of child abuse. Her bond was set at $2,500.  Bryan L. Walburn, 19, S.W. Third St., Okeechobee, was arrested Jan. 4 by Deputy Patricia Massung on an Okeechobee County warrant charging him with the felony of burglary of a conveyance (four counts). His bond was set at $10,000. This column lists arrests and not convictions, unless otherwise stated. Anyone listed here who is later found innocent or has had the charges against them dropped is welcome to inform this newspaper. The information will be con rmed and printed. Okeechobee Arrest Report OCSO Investigations Veteran’s widows eligible for bene tsTwo of the bene ts they may be entitled to are Death Pension or Dependency Indemity Compensation (DIC). The Death Pension is an income-based program through the Department of Veterans Affairs. To be eligible for a widow’s pension, the veteran must have served at least 90 days active service with at least one day during a war-time period and received a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions. Also, eligible widows in a nursing home or assisted living facility may also apply and a family member can assist in the application. The other bene t, DIC, is not income based, but is a monetary compensation provided to the widow for the death of a veteran from a service connected disability, or in some instances whose death resulted from a non-service connected injury or disease and was rated 100% service connected from the VA. Widows or family members who think they may be eligible for a widow’s pension or DIC (even if not sure if death is service related) should contact the County Veterans’ Service Of cer Betsy Grinslade at 863-763-6441, ext. 5.

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AuctionsVERO BEACHHIGHWAYMEN PAINTINGSAUCTION!SUN JAN 13@2PMTo be included, bring your paintings to Auctioneer’s of ce at: 15 Royal Palm Pointe Vero Beach(772) 562-5015 Time to clean out the attic, basement and/or garage? Advertise your yard sale in the classifieds and make your clean up a breeze! Estate Sale*ESTATE SALE* Open house everything must go. Jan 4th thru Jan 7th 8:00 am ?? 2067 Hunter Road, BHR Fabric, tools, household items, furniture. Garage/ Yard SalesWe Buy Estates Antiques, Collectibles, Household, Tools, Jewelry and etc. Call 863-697-8906 Special NoticeATTENTION RETAILERSWE WILL BE RENTING SPACES(18) DURING OUR FREE FAIR FROM 1/10/13 THRU 1/19/13. ALLOW THOUSANDS TO VIEW YOUR WARES DURING THE FAIR. CONTACT DALLAS CREECH OR DAN FENNELL 763-2950 FOR DETAILS. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeClass A CDL Driver wanted Augger Experience A Plus for local deliveries. Must know the area, have clean driving record and pass a drug test. Bene ts available, apply at: Walpole Feed & Supply Co. 2595 NW 8th St. Employment Full Time SALES PERSON WANTEDwith the following quali cations:• Sales experience preferred, but will train sharp individuals • Good people skills • Sound work ethic Bene ts of our company: • Reasonable work schedule • Health bene ts • 401K • Liberal pay plan If you have an interest in joining our team, contactNeal RobertsNO Phone Calls Apply within • Dress to Impress Hours: Mon Fri 9am 7pm • Sat 9am 5pm4224 Hwy 441 S. OkeechobeeEOE/DFWP American Drilling Services is in need of an experienced service technician with knowledge in water treatment and pump repair. MUST have prior experience. Apply in person @ 405 SW 2nd Street Need a few more bucks to purchase something deer? Pick up some extra bucks when you sell your used items in the classifeids. Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you. No wonder newspaper readers are more successful people! One mans trash is another mans treasure. Turn your trash to treasure with an ad in the classifieds. How do you find a job in todays competitive market? In the employment section of the classifieds When doing those chores is doing you in, its time to look for a helper in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Business Opportunities NeedEXTRA MONEY?107 SW 17th St • Suite DInquire Within NO PHONE CALLS Grab a bargain from your neighbors garage, attic, basement or closet in todays classifieds. Business Opportunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Children’s ItemsSeeking female roommate to rent master bedroom w/ private bath. Utilities and high speed internet included. $400/mo. Call:863-801-5182 Musical Instruments Electric Organ Lowery, plays a variety of music with a push of a button. $800.00 Call 863-467-0314 Pets/SuppliesRAZOR EDGE BLUE PIT PUPPIES SHOTS, WORMED, 4 1/2 months old. $200.00 CALL RHONDA 863-634-4407 Wanted To BuyCASH FOR CARS No Title Needed, Any Condition. 268junk.com Call (863)484-2012 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Farm Feed/ ProductsAlfalfa Hay for sale 70lb. bales $12.00 a piece. Coastal $8.00 a bale. Call 863-634-7051 Lawn & GardenCOMPOST for Organic Gardening and Farming Okeechobee Recycling Facility, enter at Waste Management, 10800 NE. 128th Avenue. Pickup or Delivered *Public Welcomed* Please call. (216)956-0949 LivestockFOR SALE DOMESTIC HOGS, $100 AND UP. CALL 863-634-7051 Its never too late to find the perfect gift. Look for it in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com ApartmentsApt for rent2/1.5 #90B Oak Lake $750/mo inclds water 863-634-3312 Condos/Townhouses RentTAYLOR CREEK 2BR, 2BA, Condo on ground oor, water, pool & boat ramp included. Seasonal or long term. Call (863) 634-0663. Employment Full Time Houses RentAFFORDABLE New large house, 3/2, large yard, W/D. $1000/mo Bring pets. Call 561-723-2226. How fast can your car go? It can go even faster when you sell it in the classifieds. Houses RentKings Bay 2/2 1 car garage, W/D. Home Realty Services, LLC 863-801-4498 OKEE 1002 SE 8th Dr. Newly Remodeled. 2 br. 1 ba. $650. All appls., tile oors, hurricane windows. Immediate occupancy. Last, sec. $ ref. Chris 863-447-3282 Get a quick response to any item you may be selling with a classified ad. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Houses SaleOKEECHOBEE 2br./2 ba. Palm Creek waterfront Gated Community. Owner nancing. Option to rent. 863-532-0273. Join all the people who say, I sold it in the classifieds.Ž 14 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013

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PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE WILL HOLD A REGULAR BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013 AT 3:30 P.M. IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS OF INDIAN RIVER STATE COLLEGE AT 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN THAT AT 9:00 A.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013, AN AGENDA MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE BEN L. BRYAN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING ON THE MAIN CAMPUS, 3209 VIRGINIA AVENUE, FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA 34981-5596. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO PLACE BEFORE THAT BOARD FOR CONSIDERATION ARGUMENTS CONCERNING ISSUES OF LAW OR POLICY OR PRESENT EVIDENCE OF ANY PERTINENT FACT THAT MAY BE IN DISPUTE MUST NOTIFY THE PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE AT LEAST SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES. ANY PERSONS WISHING TO APPEAL THE DECISIONS OF THIS BOARD WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH MEETING WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE. 433993 ON 1/6/2013 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Public Notice For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Autos WantedWe buy all junk cars starting at $400.00 and up! Call us at: (863)983-Junk (5865) or (305)970-4231 Located in Clewiston 24 hrs a day 7 days a week NOTICE OF CONSIDERATION OF INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT NOTICE: A PUBLIC HEARING will be held before the Okeechobee County Board of Adjustments and Appeals on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida to consider a PERMIT APPLICATION FOR THE INSTALLATION OF A USED DWELLING UNIT in an Agricultural(A) zoning district. The property owner and applicant is Brittany Wynn. The property address is 19733 NW 300th Street and is more particularly described as follows: The East 1/2 of the West 1/2 of the South 1/2 of the South 1/2 Tract 3, Section 16, Township 34 South, Range 33 East, Okeechobee County, Florida, according to the Plat thereof, r ecorded in Plat Book 4, page 3A Through 3D, inclusive, Public Records of Okeechobee County, Florida. In the event that all items scheduled before the Board are not heard, the hearings shall be continued to Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the in the Health Department Auditorium, 1728 NW 9th Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida.ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHALL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD AT THIS PUBLIC HEARING. Any person deciding to appeal any decision by the Board of Adjustments and Appeals with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made and that the record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal will be based. Planning and Development tapes are for the sole purpose of backup for of cial records of the department.William D. Royce, Planning Director Petition # M-2012-0297 434004 ON 1/6/2013 LEGAL NOTICE A public auction will be held at BMJ Towing, Inc. Lot at 414 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, Florida 34974 on Friday the 18TH day of JANUARY 2013 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. Pursuant to Florida statue 713.78 for unpaid towing and storage. Year, Make, Model & Vin’s as follows 2009 GRAY TOYOTA COROLLA 2T1BU40E39C042990 1993 GREEN JEEP CHEROKEE 1J4FT67S8PL643596 1997 TOYOTA COROLLA DARK GREEN 1NXBA02E0VZ507832 1988 CHEV CAVALIER 4 DOOR SADAN 1G1JC5249W7103046 Terms of sale are cash, and no checks will be accepted. The seller reserves the right of nal bid. All sales are nal. No refunds will be made. Said automobiles will be sold in “AS IS” with no guarantees. 434040 ON 1/6/2013 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice COUNTY OF OKEECHOBEE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2013 NOTICE OF BUDGET AMENDMENT HEARING Looking for a place to hang your hat? Look no further than the classifieds. Shop here first! The classified ads Love the earth Recycle your used items by selling them in the classifieds. Buying a car? Look in the classifieds. Selling a car? Look in the classifieds. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent2b/1b-COUNTRY LIVING $400.00 Security and $400.00 Mo. Rent Call 863-697-2486 Mobile HomeSale2bd/1ba M.H. Taylor Creek w/boat dock,ramp access. Appliances included, furnishings,car-port, screened porch. Park lot rent includes water & lawn maint. $19,900 O.B.O. Call:863-484-0298or 863-467-8328 CASABLANCA PARK 9441 Hwy 78 West, Adult Park,3BR, 1.5BA, Fully furnished, W/D, Big Florida room, Lots of updates. $15,000 OBO (219)384-3407 Lots SaleLot For Sale Treasure Island SE 25th Street Mobile Home Ready $10,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 Mobile HomeSale FOR SALE Updated + Clean 14x56 Mobile Home,12x30 enclosed addition, 16x8 Florida Room. 2bd/2ba, Living Space of Double Wide, convient, quiet. Lot 44 River Bend Park. $17,500 or best offer. Willing to work on price. Ready in 1 week, it is REAL NICE, very nice yard. Call 585-352-7015or 585-330-4171 FOR SALE 2B/1B MOBILE HOME IN 55+ PARK. EXCELLENT LOCATION$10,000 CALL 863-824-8794 OR 707-334-0099 PINE RIDGE PARK LARGE CORNER LOT WITH 1 BEDROOM/1 BATH MOBILE HOME SEPTIC TANK & WELL. $14,000.00 CALL 863-357-7409 OR 863-447-0616 Travel TrailersTravel Trailer 22’ Sunliner; Sleeps 8; New Tires & Wheels; A/C & Heat; SelfContained; Very Good Condition. $2,500.00. (772)538-6432 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com BoatsFOR SALE24Ft. Pontoon Boat, 1989 Sylvan, 2001 Honda 115 4 stroke, one owner, no trailer, ready to test run. $3,900 863-610-3655 Campers/RVsAIRSTREAM XL, 2000 35’ motorhome, 1 slide, mint, loaded, needs nothing, $29,900. Call 954-214-6903. Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 941-347-7171 RV Space RentTHE PLACE TO BE!! Big O RV Resort Weekly/monthly/seasonal Dble wide concrete Landscaped pads Huge clubhouse Recreation hall Fun activities Friendly people www.bigorvpark.com Call Ken (716)240-0689 Fifth Wheels2012 Road King 5th Wheel 44 ft, 2bd/2ba 4 slide outs, all options must see! $35,000 o.b.o Call 941-894-5219 Motorcycles2005 Harley Davidson Sportster, 4,600 miles, red, excellent condition, $4,500 o.b.o call 863-467-8559 15 Okeechobee News January 6, 2013 ACROSS 1 Pale 4 Mozzetta wearer 9 Sat 14 ExodusŽ hero 15 Intimate 16 Key scene for bursting bombs? 17 Biopic about a time-traveling composer? 20 ... like __ buzzing in blind furyŽ: Pyle 21 Go after 22 Traveling, in a way 23 Builders options 25 __ avis 27 Biopic about a composer who is unrecognized in public? 34 Heavy 35 Rondeaux, e.g. 36 Go astray 39 Switch words 41 Political pacifier 42 Ruled quarters? 45 Devised, with upŽ 48 Biopic about a composer from a WWII heros perspective? 53 Absorbed by 54 Legendary luster 55 Tiny amount 57 Sting 62 Zilch 63 Biopic about a composer fighting his inner demons? 66 Grenobles river 67 Put to the test 68 Former transp. regulator 69 Itzhak Perlman choice 70 Takes to the cleaners 71 Canadian LPGA golfer Dawn __Jones DOWN 1 Indiana county or its seat 2 Where Mecca is 3 Civilized feature 4 Put-on 5 Alliance 6 This and that 7 Pub. of a Distracted DrivingŽ brochure 8 Some shirts 9 More, in music 10 Where London is 11 Some links 12 Limerick land 13 The SopranosŽ actress __ de Matteo 18 Doesnt ignore 19 Spore producer 24 Cat lead-in 26 Old Egyptian symbol 28 Abbass gp. 29 He appeared in eight consecutive U.S. Open finals 30 Love overseas 31 Figure 32 Ins. plan 33 1/48 cup: Abbr. 36 Yearbook sect. 37 Games org. 38 Historic game 40 Musical syllables 43 1953 Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner 44 Big bang producer 46 L.A. Galaxys gp. 47 Three-time A.L. shutout leader of the 60s-70s 49 Pharmacy concern 50 Trouble 51 Louisiana folk music 52 Daze 55 Wading bird 56 Brewery feature 58 Evening flier 59 Full do 60 Sluggers stats 61 Corner 64 Brought 65 Some tags By Mark Feldman (c)2011TribuneMediaServices,Inc. 05/20/11 05/20/11 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Crossword Puzzle ADVERTISEand Get Results www.newszap.com click on classifieds READING A NEWSPAPER...makes you a more informed and interesting person. No wonder readers are more successful!

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"Since I've announced this (promotion), I've not had one person who didn't think it w as the right thing to do," added the sheriff. "Gary is respected by the people and the people who work for him." Capt. Bell joined the OCSO in 1987 after serving ve years in the U.S. Army and four years with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was hired by Sheriff O.L. Raulerson. Of the promotion, Capt. Bell simply said: "I'm happy, and I've got a lot to do." He went on to say he wants to do all he can to get OCSO deputies whatever they need to carry out their duties and protect the citizens of Okeechobee County, while staying within the framework of the sheriff's budget. Even though the promotion creates an open lieutenant's slot in the road division, Sheriff May said he doesn't plan on lling that position at this time. "With the budget we're facing, we'll hold off on that for a while," he said. "We'll keep the lieutenant's position open and see how the nancial situation goes." The road patrol unit currently has two other lieutenants, Joe Ortega and K.J. Ammons. Sheriff May went on to say this most recent promotion is only the second time he has replaced a member of his command staff during his eight years as sheriff. Capt. Bell and his wife Michele, who also works for the sheriff's of ce as the public information of cer, have been married for 30 years and have one daughter, Megan. Bell named to lead county sheriff road patrol Courtesy photo/ OCSOOkeechobee County Sheriff’s Of ce (OCSO) Public Information Of cer Michele Bell (left) pins gold bars on her husband Gary Bell in honor of his recent promotion to captain. Capt. Bell, who will head up the OCSO road patrol division, is replacing Bud Slay who retired last month. Real Life Children’s Ranch Yard SaleReal Life Children's Ranch Yard Sale will be having a sale next week on Jan. 9 and Jan. 11. Fill a bag for $1. Come on out for great bargains. Our hours are 9 a.m.2 p.m.